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FCC's Adelstein Calls for PPM Investigation
Washington - Nov 18, 2008 - FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein has asked chairman Kevin Martin to investigate the Arbitron Portable People Meter (PPM) service to evaluate the claims made by several minority broadcasters who challenge the accuracy of the of the results. The minority groups claim that the PPM survey samples do not fairly represent minority listeners.

The question has spurred the attorneys general in New York and New Jersey to begin their own reviews into the service. The attorneys general reviews are based on the same complaints from the same groups.

Adelstein's concern is that the PPM presents a threat to media diversity, citing that the PPM deployment does not have the accreditation of the Media Rating Council. Arbitron has repeatedly said that it is working with broadcasters to provide a service they want and trust. Arbitron also believes that the FCC has no jurisdiction over the ratings service.


NAB Opens Service to America Awards Call for Entries
Washington - Nov 20, 2008 - To recognize broadcasters' efforts to serve their local communities, the National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation hosts the Celebration of Service to America Awards. The ceremony will be held June 9, 2009, in Washington, DC. As part of the event, the NABEF will recognize radio and TV stations for their efforts in three categories:

  • Service to Children Radio and Television Awards
  • Service to America Community Awards for Radio and Television
  • Service to America Television Award


    The Service to America Community Awards for Radio and Television has replaced the Partnership and Friend in Need categories.

    Entries are being sought for the awards, and will be accepted until Feb. 6, 2009. For more information and an entry form, visit www.nab.org/servicetoamerica.


    Business

    Volvo, Clear Channel Offer Real-Time Traffic to Canadian Users
    San Antonio - Nov 17, 2008 - Clear Channel Radio's Total Traffic Network (CCTTN) has reached an agreement with Volvo Cars of Canada to provide its real-time traffic information service to Canadian Volvo vehicle owners. Owners of a 2009 XC90, S40, V50, C70, C30, S80, XC70 or V70 vehicle equipped with a factory-installed navigation system will have access to the traffic information over RDS-TMC (Radio Data System Traffic Message Channel). The service will be provided to Canadian Volvo owners without additional charge.


    Loud Technologies Sells SLM Marketplace, Austin and Knilling
    Woodinville, WA - Nov 14, 2008 - Loud Technologies has sold its SLM Marketplace catalog and accessories distribution business and proprietary St. Louis Stage Gear brand, along with the Austin guitar and Knilling Instruments brands to St. Louis-based U.S. Band and Orchestra Supplies. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

    Loud says that it sold the brands because they were non-core business units and product lines.


    A New Name in Radio Ratings: Nielsen
    Atlanta - Nov 18, 2008 - Arbitron has been the center of radio ratings for many years, but recently, several broadcasters began to look at alternative services. As part of this effort, Cumulus Media initiated a request for proposals (RFP) for a new service provider. The Nielsen Company, known for its presence in TV ratings, answered the call.

    Starting in 2009, Nielsen will provide audience measurement and radio ratings in 50 small- and mid-sized U.S. markets. Another broadcaster has already stepped in to use the service. Clear Channel Radio will subscribe to the syndicated service in 17 of the markets where the service will be offered.

    Nielsen has provided radio measurement services for more than 60 years. The service, which begins in Q3 2009, will use a sticker diary method. To recruit sample households, Nielsen will use address-based sampling (ABS), a method pioneered by the company. This method uses randomly selected addresses rather than telephone numbers. This approach in its domestic television measurement reaches the 34 percent of U.S. households that are not covered by current sampling methods, including cell-phone only and many unlisted landline phone households.

    Nielsen says that it plans to survey large samples to reduce relative error and bounce, as well as invest in oversampling and differentiated incentives to improve response rates and representativeness among hard-to-reach demographics. In 2010, an e-diary option will be added, which the company expects will appeal to younger demographics.


    Arbitron Responds to Nielsen/Cumulus Ratings Plan
    New York - Nov 18, 2008 - Following the announcement that Cumulus has reached an agreement for Nielsen to provide radio ratings services in 50 markets, Arbitron released a statement:

    "Once a year measurement is a step backward," said Steve Morris, president, chairman and chief executive officer, Arbitron. "Advertisers have told us that radio markets need more than a once-a-year survey in order for stations to maintain accountability and recapture revenue from out-of-home, Internet and online media."

    Arbitron also listed its efforts to improve its ratings services, including adding cell-phone-only households to the survey sample, enhancing 18-34 participation by redirecting cash incentives from older to young respondents, and accelerating the development and deployment of electronic and online alternatives to the paper-and-pencil diary for all markets.


    Nautel Expands Support Services with New Memphis Parts Depot
    Hackett's Cove, NS; Bangor, ME; Quincy, IL - - Nautel has established a parts depot in Memphis, TN. The parts depot is located minutes from Fedex's Memphis hub and allows expedited North American parts delivery to Nautel customers.

    The company says the new parts depot will benefit all North American customers, but the company feels that customers in the west will benefit the most. Memphis was chosen because of its proximity to Fedex and other shipping companies. Nautel added that orders received up to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time can be shipped for next-day delivery.


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    Auralex Acoustics has been called to active duty in Iraq to support the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division Band in Camp Victory. The 40-member band acoustically renovated a rehearsal space with Auralex Acoustics products. The rehearsal space -- an old swimming pool -- is kidney-shaped with curved walls, which makes it difficult to predict the angle of reflections. To improve intelligibility of sound sources several 3" Studiofoam Wedge products were installed.

    Maverick Media has added the Emmis Interactive Base Station content management system. Maverick Media owns and operates 20 radio stations in four markets (Rockford, IL; Lima, OH; Santa Rosa, CA; and Eau Claire, WI). Emmis is also providing Maverick with sales consulting services.

    Enco Systems has made several significant sales:
  • Five 5 studio DAD system were sold to KSJV/KMPO in Fresno, CA, owned by Radio Bilingue.
  • Nine studio DAD system went to CTV in Toronto, ON, Canada.
  • 20 studio DAD system are in place at KSPN and ESPN LA Live! In Los Angeles.
  • 20 studio DAD system are being used by KESN/KKMI in Dallas.
  • Five studio system are installed at KAJY in Aspen, CO, owned by Aspen Public Radio.

  • Products

    Axia Seeks Mac Users for IP Audio Test
    Cleveland - Nov 14, 2008 - Axia Audio has released a beta-software release of its IP audio driver for Mac users. The driver was written for Apple computers with an Intel CPU and OS X v10.5 or higher.

    The Axia IP audio driver uses a computer's network interface card to send and receive audio to and from an Axia IP audio network. To request inclusion in the beta-test program, visit the Axia discussion board and read the post. Questions can also be directed to Clark Novak at Axia Audio: cnovak@axiaaudio.com.


    Vorsis Updates VP-8 Software
    New Bern, NC - Nov 17, 2008 - Vorsis has released software version 1.5.0 Four Mode for the VP-8 processer. This latest version expands the VP-8 from two modes to four modes of operation: FM (with stereo encoder), AM, FM-HD and AM-HD. The new FM-HD and AM-HD modes contain DSP algorithms that specifically condition the station's audio for application to the HDC coding used with HD Radio.

    Users can download the new software, full updating instructions, an updated VP8 Processor manual, and the new four-mode factory presets in zip file format from ftp://ftp.vorsis.com/VorsisSupport/GUI%20Software/VP8.


    Logitek Posts Sale of First Jetstream IP-Based System
    Houston, TX - Nov 17, 2008 - Logitek Electronic Systems has slated the sale of the first Jetstream IP-based console system. KFCF Radio, Fresno Free College Foundation, a Pacifica affiliate station based in Fresno, CA, ordered a Jetstream Mini router and a Remora control surface.

    The Jetstream Mini is an IP-based audio router that provides full functionality for up to 24 faders in a single or multiple console configuration in a single 2RU enclosure. The Jetstream Mini is a configurable node that offers 64 channels of IP audio through five types of I/O cards offering mic preamps, analog inputs, analog outputs, digital inputs and digital outputs. The unit also provides GPI inputs and outputs, profanity delays, input metering and microphone processing. It can automatically detect other Jetstream units on a network, acquiring all necessary addresses and creating a list of sources offered by other units without the need for complex tables.


    Foneshow Adds Geo-Targeting
    Portland, ME - Nov 18, 2008 - Foneshow has added a geo targeting tool that enables radio station affiliates and advertisers to target local markets. Foneshow geo-targeting allows for affiliates and advertisers to target and customize pre and post-roll content by a variety of geographic data including area code, Zip code, range or fractional Zip code.

    Erik Schwartz, founder and CEO of Foneshow, explains, "Geo-targeting allows an individual in Los Angeles who subscribes to a certain show to hear a pre and post-roll sweeper that applies to his local affiliate, and a subscriber in Seattle will hear the sweeper for his corresponding affiliate."


    Eye on IBOC

    HD Radio is Standard for 2009 Volvo Cars
    Irvine, CA - Nov 19, 2008 - Volvo will be the first automaker to offer HD Radio as standard equipment in all but one of its 2009 models. The XC60, available in March 2009 will also will have HD Radio as standard equipment.

    Many Volvo are also equipment with Sirius Satellite Radio and include a 6-month subscription in the purchase price.

    The Volvo S60 will not feature an HD Radio receiver as standard equipment. This model also excludes the Sirius radio and included subscription. Radio magazine is told that the current S60 is nearing the end of its product cycle, and a newer model S60 will be unveiled soon.


    People

    Lynx Studio Technology Adds Sales, Support and Technical Staff
    Costa Mesa, CA - Nov 17, 2008 - After moving into its new expanded office/warehouse facility, Lynx Studio Technology has added personnel to the company's sales, engineering and support departments. The new hires are Stephen Kimura, hardware engineer; Mike Nicoletti, sales and support coordinator; and Frank Sutton, electronic testing technician.

    Mike Nicoletti has held a variety of support and training positions at Yamaha, Alesis and Apogee prior to joining Lynx. Nicoletti is also an accomplished musician and recording engineer.

    Stephen Kimura, a 2008 UCLA graduate, is now full-time after a stint as an intern at Lynx early in 2008. His bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering allows him to assist Bob Bauman, the company's chief hardware engineer, in the development of new products and the refinement of current Lynx products. Kimura also interned at Shure Brothers in Chicago and Niche Labs in Japan during his junior and senior years at UCLA. He received the Lear Siegler Foundation Scholarship and was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

    Frank Sutton comes from First EIE where he was responsible for North America service, support and installation of their PC-based plotters for the PCB industry products. As every Lynx product receives a full function and specification test prior to shipment, he is responsible for this testing, QC and assisting engineering in product development.


    Wideorbit Adds Director of Professional Services
    San Francisco - Nov 20, 2008 - Wideorbit has hired Phil Antonson to be the company's director of professional services where he will manage the professional services division. Antonson has worked in TV for more than 17 years.

    For 16 years he worked for Management Science Associates in the in the media division. In his last position at MSA, he was the account group director and managed a team of product and account managers responsible for new business development for MSA's media division. Prior to this he worked in MSA's sales division.




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